This paper offers an approach to teaching developmental psychology that is based on the position that developmental psychology does not consist of a static set of facts about phases and stages. Instead, developmental psychology is a process of inquiry that is shaped by individual and cultural values. The current pedagogical approach is also based on the position that teaching and learning require active participation by students and instructors. These conceptions lead to structuring classes in terms of “Basic Developmental Questions.” Asking questions provides a way for students to become actively engaged in class, and to consider different perspectives in developmental psychology. It further encourages students to take questioning attitudes themselves. The “Basic Developmental Questions” are explained, and the applicability of the current approach to any psychology class is considered.
Raeff, C. (2009). Teaching and Learning Through Asking Basic Disciplinary Questions: Examples from Developmental Psychology. Pedagogy and the Human Sciences, 1 (1), 28-37. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.merrimack.edu/phs/vol1/iss1/7